The Ultimate Guitar Team has published a great review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage.”
The band’s exploration of progressive song structures, time signatures, synthesizer textures, symphonic elements, and deep philosophical and even scientifically minded lyrics have made this a very fresh take on their signature sound, but none of it actually comes at the cost of that signature sound, either. The band has managed to retain the very core elements that make them sound like Avenged Sevenfold, but the penchant for experimentation on this record has made it a real winner to me.
Let me repeat this again, I was never a very big fan of the band before, and I had no idea I would go into this album enjoying it this much. But this surprise album, released with little prior fanfare or hype, and intense speculation, has managed to be an even bigger surprise for me. A few small faults with the production aside, this is one of the most interesting albums I’ve had the pleasure to hear this year and if you, like myself, were unconvinced about Avenged Sevenfold, check this album out […]”